The HTC 10 seemed to have all the ingredients to be a major success especially in the United States where the Taiwanese company has been facing a lot of issues.
However, it seems that more troubled times await HTC as T-Mobile has just shown signs that the HTC 10 may not be coming back to its lineup. The phone went on sale on T-Mobile networks back in May 18. It was listed as one of the phones until mid-July. Since then, however, there has been no sign of the HTC 10 available on T-Mobile contracts.
This means that the only way for T-Mobile customers to get HTC 10 is to go through the unlocked version by paying the full price. In a market where there are intense contract wars, even the $100 price drop for the HTC 10 in the unlocked market will be against it. The phone does come with JBL headphones, which are worth around $200, as part of the unlocked version. It remains to be seen if the deal sweetener will work in favor of the HTC 10, which has a 5.2-inch screen with QHD resolution.
One of the aspects that goes against the HTC 10 – especially in comparison with new smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 – is undoubtedly the Super LCD5 technology being employed in the display. It is simply not as great as the Super AMOLED panels available on the Samsung phones. There is also a novelty factor associated with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge with its curved display. One of the areas where the HTC 10 shines over the Samsung counterpart is the presence of USB Type-C port available with USB 3.0.
In other aspects, the HTC 10 can go up against the best due to aspects like the snapdragon 820 processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM. This means more than sufficient performance for the android 6.0 operating system. It is expected to be good enough for another two versions of android at the very least. Even though the Quick Charge 3.0 employed in the HTC 10 is much faster, it simply cannot compete with rivals like the OnePlus 3 which has Dash charging. The 3000 mAh battery, however, does provide reasonable battery life for a phone as powerful as the HTC 10. The phone is priced at $600 in the United States, which would be a burden compared to the $20 per month on contract offer.